The Evening Sun from Baltimore, Maryland on July 21, 1978 · 25
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iPEOt Rains Washes Out I Donna Young Gets I Rose Extends Birds In Chicago I U.S. Open Lead I Batting Streak PageC5 PageC8 PageCIO BALTIMORE, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 1978 ..C5 Colts Trade Chester To Oakland For Siani : By Jim Miller 'The Colts announced a trade today of eight-year veteran tight end Raymond Chester to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Mike Siani. The two teams also exchanged unannounced 1979 draft selections. Siani, the Raiders' No. 1 draft pick out of Villanova in 1972, is a six-year veteran of the National Football League. Contacted this morning at his home hi Oakland, Chester said, "I wasn't expecting it (the trade). I'm still kind of shocked. The last place I expected to wind up was back in Oakland. "I'm not a negative person. I hope the trade comes out for the best for every-body. I hope the Colts prosper and benefit from the trade. I hope Oakland prospers and benefits and I hope Raymond Chester prospers and benefits from the trade." Attempts to reach Siani at the Oakland training camp were unsuccessful However, his roommate, linebacker Phil Villipi-ano said, "We just got back to the room. They (club officials) woke him up a little while ago and called him down to the office to tell him about it "I asked him, Where? He said, 'Baltimore.' He is stunned right now but he's happy to be coming to Baltimore. He said to me, 'I'll see you in the playoffs." In Baltimore, Coach Ted Marchibroda explained the deal after today's morning practice at the Goucher College training camp. 1 had to do what is best for the Baltimore Colts," said Marchibroda. "I got the best we could get I'm happy with it What helped me make the decision was to see Reese McCall (the Colts' tight end and No. 1 draft choice from Auburn) in here for a week. Raymond did not want to play in Baltimore. That's not just this year, that has been (since he has been here.)" This trade culminates Colt efforts to trade the disgruntled Chester, an outstanding blocker who frequently drew criticism here for dropping passes. A Colt source said the team had con- RAYMOND CHESTER Heading back to Oakland Cx I BILL TANTON 1 3 Carl James: A Quality Guy JAMES COLLEGE PARK - There were two newsy personnel decisions announced at the meeting of the University of Maryland's board of regents. One was highly controversial That was the rejection of Marxist professor Bertell Oilman as head of political science. The Oilman announcement was accompanied by protests from student demonstrators, one of whom was wearing an Oriole baseball cap as he read , aloud a written statement about the ' university's compromising its academic integrity. Board chairman 6. Herbert Brown told the protesters they were out of order and recessed the meeting. The other personnel matter, com paratively, was a 180-degree turn. Carl James was announced as the new athletic direc tor. "It's too bad they had to make both announce-' ments at the same time," said a wom an, secretary to a university vice president If you'd been there, you would have understood what she meant " . . Carl James, who succeeds Jim Ke-hoe September 1, is non-controversial. His appointment was as popular with the regents as the Oilman thing was unpopular. The university's new president Dr. John S. Toll, said he was "delighted" to get James. The board chairman echoed that James is a quality guy with an excellent background for this job. He was athletic director at Duke before taking his current job as executive director of the Sugar Bowl. What's more, James is already like one of the family. He has known many of the athletic people here for years. Lefty Driesell, Maryland's basketball coach, and a controversial character himself ? Yes, Lefty and I go way back," said James. "Every freshman who enters Duke is assigned to a senior class member, who acts as his advisor. When Lefty enrolled at Duke, I was his senior. So whatever success Lefty has had is partly attributable to me." . Wpn 7 Duke Letters James was a seven-letter winner at Duke, and when he played football for the Blue Devils in the early '50s, Mar-yland had an Ail-American quarterback named Jack Scarbath. Yesterday Scarbath, now chairman of the board of regents' athletic committee, announced his committee's approval of James. "What position did Carl play?" I asked Scarbath. "Halfback," Jack said. "Was he any good?" "Yeah," Jack said. "Anybody who played first string at Duke in those days was good," chimed in Joe Tydings, the former U.S. senator who is also a member of the board of regents. "Anybody who was red-shirted was good. I say that as a man who was red-shirted every year when I was at Maryland." James, at 49, keeps fit by jogging, though he does not put himself in the same category in that respect as his predecessor. Kehoe, a track star in his undergraduate days, was a 5-mile-a-day man until he nearly cut off his leg this spring in a chain saw accident. "I've tried to run with Jim when we've been at meetings together," the new man was saying. "There's a vast difference between us. Jim's a runner. I'm a jogger. He and I would start off together but Jim would just take off." Wants Bigger Stadium Kehoe, in retirement, will serve as "consultant" to James. After 43 years here, Kehoe knows just about everybody and everything having to do with athletics. Says James: "When you speak of Maryland, you're talking about Jim Kehoe, because to many people around the country he is Mr. Maryland." Although the atmosphere was cozy during James's first appearance here, everyone knows he faces enormous problems. With constant budgetary problems and increasing government regulations to adhere to, an AD anywhere has headaches. "The job," says Tommy Fields, the TerpsV head athletic fund raiser, "made an old man out of Kehoe at 60." . James left the Duke job after a power struggle with the football coach, Mike McGee, but Carl feels he has "good relationships" with Driesell and Maryland football coach, Jerry Claiborne. As for the non-revenue producing sports, James knows from having looked at it from the other side that Maryland drove the rest of the ACC crazy with its domination of sports like track, lacrosse, wrestling and swimming. He intends to keep up that tradition. "One way we can increase our revenue," James said, "is to increase football ticket sales. I'd like to sell out , football before the season starts, much as we do in basketball. I'd like to see Byrd Stadium enlarged to 60 000 seats (from it's present 45,000). I was talking with the people at Alabama the other day and they've already got $3 million in the bank from football season tickets." Despite the problems and its $3 million budget, Maryland's 21-sport intercollegiate program is one of the three percent in the country that is self-supporting. James will be expected to continue that heritage. tacted every other team in the NFL about Chester except Miami and New England, Baltimore's chief rivals in the AFC East. Several teams appeared interested, but the best offer received was for two fourth-round draft choices. But that offer was unexpectedly withdrawn earlier this week by the unnamed team. The Raiders came back Thursday with the offer of Siani which the Colts accepted The Raiders are strong at the wide receiver position with Morris Bradshaw and Cliff Branch, and Siani reportedly wanted to return East. The Colts have Ing been admirers of Siani who once had five TD receptions in one college game. In fact, during the 1972 college draft the Colts were torn between selecting Siani or guard Tom Drougas and the Colts' Joe Thomas chose the latter. Chester returns to the team which drafted him No. 1 from Morgan State in 1970. He played three seasons for Oakland, before being traded to the Colts for defensive end Bubba Smith in July, 1973. In his five seasons with the Colts, Chester caught 145 passes for 1,566 yards and 11 touchdowns. His best year with Baltimore was 1975 when he hauled in 38 passes. Last season be finished third on the team in receiving behind running backs Lydell Mitchell and Don McCauley with 31 receptions for 556 yards. His best game of '77 came in the season finale against New England when he caught four passes for 122 yards and one touchdown of 78 yards. For the Raiders, Siani caught 128 passes for 2,079 yards and 13 touchdowns. His best season as a pro came in 1973 when he caught 45 for 742 yards. He finished that season ranked sixth in AFC pass receiving. Last season Siani grabbed 24 passes for 344 yards and two TDs. Meanwhile, at the Colt training camp, today's trade took the edge off yesterday's announced retirements of veteran linebackers Willie Lanier and Tom MacLeod which seemed, at first glance, to strike a devastating blow to Colt fortunes at the linebacker position. After aU, Lanier had been an All-Pro with the Kansas City Chiefs and had led them to a Super Bowl championship. And MacLeod had been an All-Conference starter for the Colts since coming to Baltimore from Green Bay in 1974. But the attitude around the Colt camp yesterday after the announcement appeared to be that time had erased past plaudits and that neither had a lock on a starting position this season. In fact, consensus is that both may have been beaten out by the younger players who have been restlessly pacing the paddock awaiting their chance. One Colt insider said privately, "I was really looking forward to the battle between Lanier and (Ed) Simonini (at middle linebacker). But Simonini would have won it" Others indicated that the fast-improving Sanders Shiver, whose performance has bordered on the awesome during the Colts rookie camp, would have started the season ahead of MacLeod at outside linebacker. Marchibroda acknowledged that two fewer players means a loss of depth, but he insisted "We'll be stronger at linebacker . . . This (the retirements) will help our younger players come along quicker." The Colts skipper did not rule out the possible acquisition of veteran help though a trade or from players cut by other National Football League teams. "We'll be alert to picking up a veteran in order to protect ourselves in case of injury," he said. Defensive coordinator Maxie Baughan agreed that the retirements should not be Interpreted as disastrous. "We're not going to move anybody around because of it," Baughan said. "It (the retirements) is just taking a little competition away. There's still competi tion, just not as much of it Instead of hav-' ing three men at a position, now we have Just two." Veteran Stan White will call defensive signals from the other outside linebacking post, backed up by second-round draft choice Mike Woods. Veteran Dan Dickel is -considered the swing man at all three positions. "The fact is that Simonini is our middle 1 linebacker," Baughan continued, "so we're ' not down anything there. We have confidence in Eddie, and there's no problem with him as a player. Calvin O'Neal helps us there with depth. He's at the point where he has a lot of confidence now. This is his second year here, and he knows the system." ' "MacLeod has been a starter since we've been here, and (his retirement) was a real disappointment But we're fortunate again to have Derrel Luce, and Sanders (Shiver) is coming into his own. Shiver has got the confidence now. He's always had the ability." Shiver yesterday qualified Baughan's assessment. "I've always had confidence in myself," be said with a knowing grin. "It's just that now everybody else is beginning to notice it" lllilPpiMIllll r f IP: Orioles' Terry Crowley: He's Great In A Pinch By Dan Shaughnessy Staff Correspondent CHICAGO Terry Crowley is the premier pinch hitter in the American League. He didn't plan it this way. It happened by chance, but in the summer game's slant toward specialization, Crowley has resigned himself to his role and taken on an old Jimmy Carter outlook - "Why not the best?" Why not Crowley? He led all American Leaguers with a .467 pinch-hitting average in 1977 and is smoking along at a .381 clip in 1978. Since his recall from Rochester last summer, Crowley is .416 (15-for-36) as a pinch hitter. Crowley is 31 years old and wears two World Series rings even though he has never batted 250 times in a single season. He is a lifetime .240 hitter, but posts a .270 pinch-hitting average and should crack the all-time pinch-hit leaders before he's through. Crow has 63 career pinch hits. He's 18 behind Dalton Jones, who ranks eighth on the list. "I know what I can do," says Crowley. "That makes it easier. When I'm hitting, I have a tremendous amount of confidence. I know that if I do things correctly. there's nothing the pitcher can do to stop me. Then if I don't get a hit, I feel guilty, like I've let the whole team down." Unstoppable that's the way the man feels when he comes up against, say, Cleveland's Jim Kern's rockets in the bottom of the eighth with two on, two out and Baltimore trailing 3-2. And why not? He has the sweet swing, the experience and the temperment to carry out the tasks of a pinch hitter. "I've never been nervous in my life," says Crow. "I get nervous for other people sometimes, but when it's something I can control, I don't get nervous. In fact, I can't wait for situations to arise so I can get in there and do something." "I go back to 1967 with Terry," says Jim Palmer. "He's one of the best natural hitters I've ever seen. Most guys have a weakness they can't hit a slider or something, but Terry can hit everything. It's not fair to say what he might have done if he played every day, because he's always had guys with more obvious talent in front of him." Crowley was signed by the Birds after an Ail-American season at Long Island University in 1966. He came north with the O's in 1970 and there stood Boog Powell at first base, plus Frank Robinson, Don Buf ord and Paul Blair in the outfield. Things didn't change much over the years and after the 1973 season, Crowley was sold to the Rangers. In the spring of '74, Texas decided to go full-time with Mike Hargrove at first and sold Crowley to the Reds. Crow spent two years with the Reds and hit .240 and .268, but that wasn't good enough to oust the likes of Tony Perez or George Foster. In the spring of '76, Crowley was sold to the Atlanta Braves on the last day of spring training. In one month with the Braves he went 0-7 and when Atlanta wanted to send him to Richmond, Crowley asked for and was issued his release. "I didn't think my career was over," says Crowley. "It was only over if I wanted it to be. I just had to prove myself one more time." Palmer saw the note about Crowley's release and gave Terry a call. "When he got released I felt we could use a hitter like that," says Palmer. "I told Terry to call Hank (Peters)." Thirty-three days after his release from Atlanta, Crowley signed with the Orioles. He played 20 games at Rochester, then hit .246 in 33 games with the Birds. Last spring, Crowley was dispatched to Rochester again and responded with 30 homers, 80 RBIs and a .308 average before the Orioles summoned him on August 12th. He has been swinging a clutch bat ever since. "I take a certain amount of pride in my work," he says. "It's like a relief pitcher who knows he's going to be in there for the tough situations. I feel as though Earl has confidence in me, and that's good for my ego. It keeps me going. Plus, a lot of guys that play regular come to me and ask me to watch them swing. I feel as though I'm good for the team." "A ballclub needs a guy like Crowley" says Weaver. "I wish I had one from the right side. He's gonna mean we win some of those one-run ballgames. We try to get him in a spot where the opposition can't get away from him. V TERRY CROWLEY Sunpaoers Photo Walter M. McCardell TERRY CROWLEY has become one of baseball's top pinch bitters. "At times, I think Terry thinks he'd like to play more, but this is his role on the club right now." Accepting the role has not been easy. "I'm not happy with the pinch-hitting role," he says. "But I'm not unhappy enough to make waves. I'll never be totally satisfied with my major league career unless I get a season where I hit three or four hundred times, but that may never happen now. I've always played behind good players. Maybe if I had broken in with Seattle or Cleveland, things might have been different. "I won't say what I think I could do if I played every day, because that's never going to happen and it would sound like I was complaining. But you can't look at a .300 pinch-hitting average and compare it to the 10 games I started and say I'm better off pinch-hitting. That doesn't mean anything." Crowley is signed through the end of this year and will be a free agent unless he inks a new pact by the end of the season. "I'd like to finish up in Baltimore," he says. "But I have to do what's right for my family (wife Janet and four children) and I just hope Baltimore wants to keep me. I have a feeling they will, because if they don't, I'm sure Texas or Milwaukee or some team can use me." Crowley spends the off season playing and coaching basketball and working around his Cockeysville home. He also goes to the track now and then. Crow used to be part owner of four race horses. He is one of the most popular players on the club, a high roller in airplane card games, and a link back to the glory days of baseball in Baltimore. But you don't have to be John McGraw to see where Crowley helps the Orioles most. One look at his textbook swing tells all Aided by twists of fate and nerves of steel, Crowley has become synonomous with his craft He is, to pinch-hitting, what Don Rickles is to insults. r - - ft t tf - f - -

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